Kara Rutkin (@kararutkin on Twitter) is a recent Chapman University grad who is interning this summer for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.
By Kara Rutkin
Sounds like a pretty weird way to title a blog entry about an internship hunt, right? Well, when Charlie Sheen decided he wanted to hire a social media intern this spring, I knew I was the woman for the job. I was about to graduate from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising, where I had learned the importance of social media implementation and strategy.
Apparently, over 88,000 other people thought that they were the premier candidate as well. The group that would be measuring our levels of Tiger Blood was a start-up company called Internships.com. My initial thought was: Where on Earth was this web site during my first 3.5 years of college? I had already completed two internships, which I had found entirely on my own. But having a resource to help me find internships would have made life so much easier.
One day, I was stalking the #tigerbloodintern hashtag on twitter, when Internships.com tweeted that Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market was looking for interns. Even better, they were looking for a public relations intern! I had never really considered going into the food or grocery industry, but I had heard that Fresh & Easy was a great company to work for. So after setting up an Internships.com account, I submitted my resume and simultaneously started to crave a Fresh & Easy Southwestern Caesar Salad.
“Tragedy struck, and I did not make the top 50 candidates to become Charlie Sheen’s intern. But things turned out better than expected.”
Tragedy struck, and I did not make the top 50 candidates to become Charlie Sheen’s intern. But things turned out better than expected. A few interviews and writing samples later, I was hired as Fresh & Easy’s summer public relations intern. I’m about a month in, and I absolutely love it. I work at the El Segundo home office in the Neighborhood Affairs department. It’s a great company to work for, because Fresh & Easy truly cares about delivering healthy and nutritious products to the community.
The internship program here is fabulous, because they don’t treat you like the generic “intern.” You are like a full-time employee, and they truly want and value your input. My managers are great and involve me in as much as possible. And the fact that I get a lot of free food samples doesn’t hurt, either
If I could make two recommendations to any college student out there, it would be these: Study abroad and participate in at least two internships. Internships are the best thing you can do for your professional career because you CANNOT gain this kind of experience in a classroom. You will learn so much about yourself and what your future career might look like.
So thanks, Charlie Sheen. I owe you a Fresh & Easy Southwestern Caesar Salad.